American sludge metalers The Body originally released their EP Master, We Perish back in 2013. Anguished screams and growls, spellbinding percussion, punishing bass and expressive guitar feedback make for a darker-than-black experience from the Rhode Island duo and revolving cast. Repress on At A Loss Recordings.
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6/10 Benn Staff review, 31 October 2017
The Body. Master, We Perish.
And the genre most associated on Google is: sludge metal.
Did I mention that this 3 track re-release is called ‘Master, We Perish’?
Hmm, sludge metal.
I genuinely had no idea what ‘sludge metal’ actually was until I came across this little EP with the corpse of, presumably, a human bent over backwards with its guts half hanging out on the front. After listening for somewhat of a long eighteen minutes(ish), it became apparent that sludge metal was called sludge metal because it is simply, very simply, metal with sludge.
As you move on through this very odd journey of doom, guitars and sludge you begin to be taken in by its trance-like state of repetitiveness. This gives the record an almost soothing quality which is quite strange because I doubt that anybody associates ‘smooth’ with ‘metal’ or ‘sludge’. In fact, I’d probably call them complete opposites. I wouldn’t suggest that you use this album as a gateway into the magical, and often scary, world of metal because it will more than likely put you off ever buying a metal album again. However, it could be a nice little addition to a seasoned metal-head’s record collection...maybe.
Interesting fact: drummer, Lee Buford, apparently had a four month stint with the Blue Man Group.
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